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Linux Top 3: GNOME Triumphs, Linux 3.18 Nears Release and FreeBSD's Benefactor

  • November 25, 2014
  • By Sean Michael Kerner

1) GNOME's Groupon

Earlier this month, the GNOME Foundation faced down one of its biggest challenges yet. No this wasn't a debate about systemd, or competition from rival KDE, it was a trademark challenge from Groupon.

Groupon had intended to use the name GNOME for a technology product, even though they were aware of the GNOME Foundation. After an active campaign by the GNOME Foundation, Groupon backed down.

Groupon stated:

We love open source at Groupon. We have open-sourced a number of projects on Groupon’s github. Our relationship with the open source community is more important to us than a product name.

After additional conversations with the open source community and the Gnome Foundation, we have decided to abandon our pending trademark applications for “Gnome.” We will choose a new name for our product going forward. We will continue to work with the Gnome Foundation as we rebrand our product.

2) FreeBSD Benefactor

FreeBSD hasn't had the same commercial success in the market as LInux over the last decade. FreeBSD doesn't have the same large financial backing that Linux does either. FreeBSD however has something that Linux does not have - a single large benefactor that donated $1 million from his own pocket.

Jan Koum, CEO and Co-Founder of WhatsApp donated the million dollars to help support FreeBSD's efforts and to give back to a community that enabled him to build his business.

Koum wrote:

I started using FreeBSD in the late 90s, when I didn’t have much money and was living in government housing. In a way, FreeBSD helped lift me out of poverty – one of the main reasons I got a job at Yahoo! is because they were using FreeBSD, and it was my operating system of choice. Years later, when Brian and I set out to build WhatsApp, we used FreeBSD to keep our servers running. We still do.

3) Linux 3.18 Nears Release

It seem likely that the Linux 3.18 kernel, will be the last major Linux kernel release of 2014. The Linux 3.18 kernel will be the sixth major Linux kernel of the year and should be out within the next two weeks.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at Linux Planet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist

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